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The National Theatre

This important landmark no longer exists.  Its memory is retained through this stamp.  The former National Theatre was built on the slope of Fort Canning Park facing Clemenceau Avenue, was officially opened on 8 August 1963.

The Theatre was designed by pioneer local architect Alfred Wong in 1963 after the firm won a design competition.  It had 3,420 seats and was built with funds collected by public subscription.

The most significant feature of the National Theatre was its huge cantilevered roof which shielded the audience from the elements.

Many important performances were staged at the National Theatre and from 1966 to 1982, the National Day Rally was held at the Theatre.

The proximity of the proposed CTE underground tunnel to the Theatre combined with declining use due to the lack of air-conditioning, led a decision to demolish the National Theatre in 1986.  It was demolished between June and August 1986.

Written by victorkoo

1 October, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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